As wonderful as weddings are, they can be a stressful time. We found ourselves completely overwhelmed for a good few days afterwards. All that build up and planning felt chaotic right up until the last minute. We decorated our venue ourselves the day before (with the help of our bridal party) and had our rehearsal in the evening, as well as welcoming family to stay at our home for the weekend. Oh and I had the all important last minute bridal prep - spray tan and nails, of course! The big day comes and it's literally the best day ever, but then the next day comes... and we just don't know what to do with ourselves!
We checked into the Bauhaus in Aberdeen the evening after the big day. While some couples might like to get dressed up and go out to celebrate, we were all partied out. Our plan was a romantic night in for two - complete with prosecco and Yo! Sushi takeaway!
My only complaint is that our food was cold by the time we'd collected it from Union Square and walked the 5-10 minutes back to our hotel. I guess if you're eating it straight away it'd be fine but if you're waiting on Deliveroo, you'd be lucky to receive it still hot.
The chicken chirashi was Gordon's favourite - "soy & shichimi marinated grilled chicken with kaiso, pickled cucumber and red onion, pickled ginger, crispy shallots, yuzu furikake and sushi rice". New to their menu, the poke pots are packed with flavour and would be ideal to grab and go on your lunch break. They also come in tuna, salmon and tofu variations so there's something for everyone.
I've never eaten at Yo! before so we went overboard with our order in an attempt to try as many dishes as possible! I'm open to anything foodwise so was eager to sample some actual sushi... Gordon was not so keen. Luckily for us, there's a chicken and duck sushi box on the menu which went down a treat. The rest of our order was from the Izakaya range, which is a selection of small hot dishes that were right up our street. The portions are ideal for ordering a mixture of plates to share so you can try different flavours and discover something new. We tucked into chicken katsu (not a patch on Wag, sorry Yo!), duck gyoza, okonomiyaki, spicy pepper squid and my personal favourite takoyaki - basically octopus doughballs!
As if that wasn't enough, we had dessert to get through too. I was less keen on the dorayaki. The custard filled pancake sandwich lacked flavour for me and definitely needed the strawberry dipping sauce that it came with! Strawberry cheesecake mocha was an oddly textured, taste sensation.
Good food, a glass or 2 of bubbles and a guest book full of lovely messages and bucket list ideas to read through - it was the perfect, post-wedding cosy night in.
The following morning, we enjoyed butteries for breakfast at the Bauhaus. Rowie, morning roll, whatever you prefer to call them, it doesn't get any more Aberdonian than this! A trip to one of the many local castles was top of our list of sightseeing plans as we played tourist in our own city. After much deliberation we picked Crathes over Drum and enjoyed a walk in the sunshine round the beautifully kept gardens. The castle itself stands proud among the trees and we wondered around the many rooms, admiring painted ceilings, and discovering it's history and resident ghost the Green Lady.
In the end our day out turned into something of a hunger led roadtrip and we found ourselves stopping off at the Cow Shed in the Banchory countryside for a bite to eat - burger and chip shop chips for him, and a deliciously gooey brie and cranberry panini for me! Our next stop was Stonehaven for ice cream. The queue at Aunty Betty's put us off though and we decided to save that experience for another day. Perhaps not a school holiday type of day! We enjoyed a stroll round the harbour before heading back into Aberdeen to sip beer infused cocktails in Brewdog before Suicide Squad!
I highly recommend booking somewhere for a night or two after your wedding - even if it is just a "staycation". Escaping to warmer climates for a romantic honeymoon is obviously the dream. The ideal opportunity to relax and recover with your new spouse. We didn't have the time (or money - lets face it, wedding's are expensive!) to do this but we did want to get away for a few days. Just the space and freedom to take it all in and enjoy each other's company away from every day life!
*We were invited to try Yo! Sushi's new takeaway menu in exchange for an honest review.
As always, all views are 100% genuine.